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THE LEEDEY STAR, Thursday, April 29, 1965, Page 1, Column 4, Vol XXX, No. 22:
Another Leedey Pioneer Passes Tuesday Noon
Mrs. W. F. Barten's Rites Held Here in School Auditorium 
    Funeral services were held here at 3 p.m. Thursday for one of Leedey's oldest citizens, both from the standpoint of age and residence.  Mrs. W. F. (Rebecca) Barten died at noon Tuesday in an Elk City nursing home at the age of 92 after being a resident here since before the turn of the century.
    The services were in the Leedey school auditorium, with Horace Magness, an Oklahoma City Church of Christ minister, in charge.  Interment was in Evergreen cemetery.
    Mrs. Barten and her husband were among the early settlers in the Leedey area, homesteading a few miles southwest of Leedey in 1899, where they reared most of their children.  Mr. Barten died in 1918.
    Surviving children include R. E. Barten, W. T. Barten and Mrs. Georgia Steele, all of Elk City; Mrs. E. F. Graybill, Mrs. Orval Walton, W. B. Barten and Alfred (Jim) Barten, all of Leedey; Mrs. E. F. Harms of Perry and Mrs. Christina Thompson of Edmond.  She also leaves 26 grandchilden, 53 great grandchildren, and one great great grandchild.
Submitted by Patsy Smart

THE LEEDEY STAR, Thursday May 6, 1965, Page 1, Column 6:
    Rebecca Morinda Arney was born to Eli and Lucinda Arney on August 26, 1872 in Audubon, Iowa, and passed from this life at Elk City, Okla., on April 27, 1965.  She was 92 years, 8 months, 1 day of age.
    She was united in marriage to William F. Barten on April 7, 1894 at Audubon, the town of her birth.  Mr. and Mrs. Barten moved to Oklahoma in 1899 and homesteaded southwest of Leedey.  To this union nine children were born; four sons, William B., and Alfred I. Barten of Leedey, and Richard E. and Welford T. Barten of Elk City; five daughters, Annetah Harms of Perry, Okla., Christena Thompson of Guthrie, Okla., Georgia Steele of Elk City and Zona Gale Walton of Leedey.
    Funeral services were held at the Leedey school auditorium at 3 p.m. Thursday, April 29, with Bro. Horace Magness, Oklahoma City Church of Christ minister, in charge.  Interment was in Evergreen cemetery.
    Mrs. Barten leaves to cherish her memory, in addition to her children and their husbands and wives, 26 grandchildren, 56 great grandchildren, one great grandchild, a number of nieces and nephews, and a host of friends.
    She was preceded in death by her four brothers:  Garrey Weston, and Alfred, Emery and Cal Arney, and her four sisters:  Bell Sauter, Laura McMurphy, Stella Sauter, and Mattie Lee. 
    Mrs. Barten was a member of the Church of Christ and lived a faithful Christian life.
Submitted by Patsy Smart

THE LEEDEY TIMES and HERALD, Thursday, August 1, 1918
    The community was shocked when W. F. Barten quietly passed away at 9 o'clock Friday morning, July 26, at his home 4 miles southwest of town.  He was sick only a short time but his condition was considered critical from the beginning.   He was buried in the Arney Cemetery on Monday.  Out of town relatives attending the funeral were John Barten, Chas. Barten and wife and Mrs. Hintz of Manning, Iowa, Mr. Daprlck of Chicago, A. D. Arney of Anawa, Iowa, E. W. Arney and Wm. Sauter of Little Sioux, Iowa.

THE LEEDEY TIMES and HERALD, Thursday, August 8, 1918
    W. F. Barten was born in Jackson County, Iowa on November 8, 1873 and departed this life July 26, 1918, age 44 years, 8 months, and 18 days.
    In 1894 he was married to Rebecca Arney and to this union was born nine children, all of whom are living.
    In 1899 he moved to Dewey County, Oklahoma where he homesteaded a farm and always resided.  He was known as a prosperous farmer and had several hundred acres of land in Dewey and Roger Mills County.
    He was a kind and loving father, a faithful husband and loved by all who knew him.
Submitted by Patsy Smart